Allied Bakeries strengthens its fleet with Ivecos30 July 2010

Allied Bakeries' mixed fleet has being strengthened with the arrival of 112 new Ivecos, including 42 Stratis Active Day tractor units, the first Stratis' that the bakery has used in service.

The 42 Stralis AD440S42T/P tractors are being joined by 70 Eurocargo rigids; including 28 7.5-tonne 75E16Ss for multi-drop urban distribution, plus four 14-tonne 140E22Ps and 38 18 tonne 180E25Ps for dedicated deliveries to large retailers.

Around one third of the new rigids are teardrops, featuring Don Bur's Ecostream bodies. Allied Bakeries is using them as part of a real-life trial to test the impact of the latest aerodynamic bodywork on fuel economy. The remaining rigids are mounted with regular Don Bur dry freight box bodies, which form the mainstay of the Allied Bakeries fleet. Together with the new tractors, they are expected to remain on the fleet for 11 years.

"In 2009 we purchased 93 new Iveco Eurocargos and have been very impressed with their performance," says Chris Davies, fleet engineer at Allied Bakeries. This year we had a requirement for both rigids and tractors, so we trialled a Stralis demonstrator to compare it against similar vehicles from a number of other manufacturers.

Davies and his team found the Stralis demonstrator to perform well and also noted the advantage of being powered by EEV-compliant engines. "We're also hoping the teardrop bodies will help us to further drive down our carbon emissions. If it proves a success, we'll adopt this as the standard specification for future fleet orders," he says.

John Challen

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